Bill Blass (1922-2002) was an American designer who grew up in Indiana in the 30’s marveling at the glamour of Hollywood. He took this wide-eyed impression to New York where he attended the Parson’s School of Design. Becoming part of the NY social scene, he transferred his awe of luxury to the fashion world. During a time in fashion when ‘glam’ was not popular, he gave the 70’s a “glamorous style.”
This black silk dress is an example of luxury and glamour. Made of silk jersey chiffon, the dress shows off a simply subtle sexy neckline. Individually sewn rhinestones adorn the cuffs which are luxuriously zippered (very upscale). A graceful long tie encircles the empire waist and accents the back. A hand picked hem (picture) is an upscale detail. The label is early 70’s. Made for Saks Fifth Avenue.
It measures 34″ Bust. 30″ Empire Waist. 38″ Hips. It is 16″ across the shoulders with the sleeves from shoulder top to sleeve cuff 24″. From top of shoulder to mid-calf hem is 46″. The model is a size small. The stretchy aspect to the silk jersey gives it a bit of a wiggle. Fabric is fabulous.
The dress shows little to no wear. It has been stored for several years and would benefit from a fresh dry cleaning.
Very good to excellent condition.